-- Senior Tywain McKee
scored 28 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 1:48 remaining, lifting Coppin State to its seventh victory in the last eight games, a 65-62 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win over Florida A&M on Monday in the Coppin Center.
McKee, who was named the MEAC Player of the Week on Monday, had another brilliant outing in leading the Eagles to their third straight win. He was 8-of-14 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from the three-point line, and 10-of-10 from the free throw line in posting his 12th 20-point game of the season. He also added 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals and recorded his fifth career double-double.
After McKee gave the Eagles a 60-57 lead with a pair of free throws and a layup with 1:12 to play, the Eagles made five of six free throw attempts down the stretch and survived a pair of game-tying three-point attempts by the Rattlers.
Coppin State (10-16, 7-5 MEAC) shot 44.0 percent from the floor and made 17-of-20 free throw attempts in overcoming a Rattler team that made 12-of-31 three-point attempts on the night.
The Eagles also received 10 points and five rebounds from Michael Harper
, while Lenny Young
and Vince Goldsberry
each added eight points.
Florida A&M (6-18, 4-8 MEAC) was led by Brandon Bryant who scored 21 points, while Lamar Twitty added 16 points and eight rebounds.
The second half featured two ties and nine lead changes and neither team held more than a five-point lead.
Trailing by 32-31 at the half, the Eagles quickly regained the lead when McKee drained a three-pointer for a 34-32 lead with 19:37 to play.
A three-point play by Young increased the Coppin State lead to 37-32 with 18:52 remaining, but the Rattlers answered with a 6-0 run to regain the lead.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Bryant and Twitty gave Florida A&M a 38-37 lead with 17:14 to play.
A jumper by Eddie Hayden
and two free throws from McKee helped the Eagles build the lead back to 43-39 with 14:24 to play.
Bryant then outscored Coppin State 11-2, including two three-point baskets, giving the Rattlers a 50-45 lead with 10:47 remaining in the game.
After a Coppin State timeout, the Eagles rallied to take the lead behind McKee.
He scored four points during a 9-0 Eagle run resulting in a 54-50 lead with 7:59 to play.
Two jumpers by Yannick Crowder sandwiched around a Twitty free throw gave Florida A&M a 57-56 lead with 3:14 to play, but the Eagles responded behind McKee and clutch free throw shooting.